iLiveMap shows Artsakh as part of Armenia and Donbass as Russia

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5 1 is an Interactive Live Map for wars and conflicts in the Mediterranean and surrounding region. It provides the latest updates and news from the region, and is one of the most reliable sources out there on the Syrian and Libyan conflicts.

Although usually focusing on the conflicts in Syria and Libya, it has now broadened its range to include the conflicts in Donbass and Artsakh.

However, most interestingly is that iLiveMap has included Donbass, a region internationally recognised as part of Eastern Ukraine, as a part of Russia.

In another surprising move, the interactive map website has recognised the Armenian-majority region of Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, as a part of Armenia, despite being internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan.

Although neither Donbass or Artsakh have claimed to be a part of Russia or Armenia respectively, they are both unrecognised republics independent of Ukraine and Azerbaijan respectively.

Although Donbass has the backing of Russia, meaning it has huge support with weapons and financial needs, Artsakh affords no advantages like this.

In one of the many questionable moves by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, he had given the Armenian-majority province of Artsakh to Azerbaijan to appease Turkey in the hope one day Turkey too would join the Soviet Union. The Azerbaijaini's are Turkic people with a near identical language and culture to Turks - the only major difference being that they are majority Shiite Muslims instead of Sunni.

As the transfer of Artsakh to Azerbaijan was not a major issue because the Soviet Union was like the European Union with movement between the different republics, the fall of the Soviet Union meant that there would be a hard border between Armenia and Azerbaijani-controlled Artsakh, which could not, and should not, be tolerated.

The Armenians against all odds, receiving assistance in weapons and finance from only Greece, and to a lesser extent Russia (who also supported Azerbaijan), prevailed against the Azeri Turks and won their liberation in 1994.

Despite their well earned independence and liberty, they have not been able to unite Artsakh with Armenia, and the Republic of Artsakh remains unrecognised and as a part of Azerbaijan.

Currently only a few individual states in the United States and the state of New South Wales in Australia recognises the Republic of Artsakh as an independent country - nowhere else in the world recognises their independence, including the Federal government's of the USA and Australia, despite the reality that it operates independently with no Azerbaijani interference.

There is also one Greek village in Artsakh named Mehmana (Μεχμανά, Armenian: Մեհմանա) with just a few residents.

Is the world slowly waking up and realising that Artsakh is not a part of Azerbaijan and rather Armenian?